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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of September 16, 2012

Graham

Tuesday, September 18 - Avery Night @ Mission Dolores, Brooklyn: Mission Dolores will be celebrating one of their favorite Colorado breweries tonight - the hop head big beer masters of Avery Brewing. They'll be pouring at least eight lines and they'll all be as big as the Rockies. Check out the list:

Samael Mephistopheles The Beast Joe’s Pilsner Karma White Rascal 19th Anniversary IPA

Mission Dolores is located at 249 4th Avenue between President and Carroll Streets in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Tuesday, September 18 - NY Fall Beer Frolic featuring Ithaca and Kelso Breweries @ Sunswick 35/35, Queens:

Are you as excited about fall beer as we are? Pumpkins, harvests and probably even a few winters sneaking in there - all spicy, malty and tasting like an American Thanksgiving. Perfect for the autumn winds that cut right through you here in NYC and the rest of the northeast. Sunswick 35/35 in Queens will be throwing a bash honoring this special beer time of year by featuring Kelso brewery of Brooklyn and Ithaca brewery of upstate New York. They'll be taking over the tap lines and the list is looking pretty good:

Ithaca Outdoor Harvest Ale Ithaca Country Pumpkin KelSo Fuku KelSo Kellerfest KelSo Rye_aged Belgian Pale Ale KelSo IPA KelSo Nut Brown Lager

Wear a sweater.

Sunswick 35/35 is located at 3502 35th Street at 35th Avenue in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens.

Tuesday, September 18 - Tuesday Night Tastings: Oktoberfest Beer @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

The fall beer keeps on flowing just as the fall leaves will start raining from the trees - it must be the season. Hit up Bierkraft in Brooklyn for an Oktoberfest tasting. Oktoberfest brews are traditionally known as Marzen lagers, malty and crisp, same as the autumn air. Bierkraft's Chris Balla will teach you the ins and outs of the style, both the American versions and the tried and true European (read: German) brews. Tuesday Night Tastings are free but they get crowded so get there early.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Wednesday, September 19 - Sierra Nevada Event @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

Sierra Nevada is an old American Craft Brewery. One of the first to reignite America's passion for hand crafted beer. It then makes perfect sense that they have such a diverse collection of offerings for you to enjoy and they'll be out in full force this Wednesday at the Blind Tiger. They'll even be serving up a selection from their homebrew camp and some aged old favorites. One of Manhattan's first craft beer bars combining forces with one of America's first craft beer revolutionaries, can't go wrong with that one.

Beer Camp Oatmeal Stout Beer Camp Imperial Pilsner Beer Camp Floral IPA (w/ rose hips) Beer Camp Imperial Red IPA Hoptimum Red Wine Barrel-Aged Ovila Dubbel Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale Ovila Belgian Golden 2010 30th Anniversary Jack & Ken’s Black Barleywine Scotch Ale Oktoberfest Bigfoot 2010 Bigfoot 2011 Torpedo Cask (firkin) Porter cask (firkin) Best Bitter Cask (pin)

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 6th Avenue in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

Thursday, September 20 - San Diego Beer Night @ Breukelen Bier Merchants, Brooklyn:

San Diego has solidified itself as one of the creative and hoppy cities when it comes to the American craft beer scene. This Thursday Breukelen Bier Merchants in Williamsburg will be showing their California loving for SD by hosting several of their breweries. Check out this setup:

Mission Brewery: Shipwrecked IPA- Double IPA Amber

Green Flash Brewing Co.: Friendship Brew- Belgian Strong Ale (w/ St Feuillien) 30th Pale Ale (Cask)

AleSmith Brewing Co: Anvil ESB Speedway Stout- Imp. Stout Bring your surfboard. The beer will be flowing.

Breukelen Bier Merchants are located at 182 Grand Street between Bedford and Driggs Avenues in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 12, 2012

Graham

Tuesday, August 14 - Tuesday Night Tasting: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn: Every craft beer lovers dream is to go to a summer camp for brewers and beer lovers alike.  Well, a little over a year ago the good brewers at Sierra Nevada made that possible - giving both professional brewers and homebrewers a chance to work together to create delicious new craft beer.  If you're lucky then you've stumbled upon a spot serving these camp brews.  If you haven't been lucky, then tonight is your night.  Head over to Bierkraft to have Brian from Sierra Nevada educate you on the program as well as tap four new offerings for your drinking pleasure.

Floral IPA Imperial Pilsner Oatmeal Stout Imperial Red

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Tuesday, August 14 - Belgian Beer Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Don't get me wrong, I like Belgian beer.  This event, however, probably wouldn't have made the list this week though if it weren't for how passionate Phil is about this country's beer.  Phil's so passionate about it that you should check out our reviews of different Belgian style brews just to see his reactions.  Maybe you'll even catch Phil at Rattle n' Hum tonight as he samples all six (at least) of the Belgian brews they'll be pouring.

La Trappe, St. Feuillien Urthel Kwak Tripel Karmeliet St.Feuilien/Greenflash Collaboration Ale

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 East 33rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan.

Wednesday, August 15 - Beer, Bourbon and Rock: Great Divide @ Idle Hands Bar, Manhattan:

Great Divide will be gracing the beer, bourbon and rock loving masses at Idle Hands this Wednesday for the newest installment of their Wednesday night beer and bourbon tastings.  For $10 you get two pours and three tastes of Great Divide, a sample of whiskey/bourbon (this week is TBA) and some delicious tater tots from That Burger (located upstairs).  Here's the list:

Full Pours: Hoss Rumble

Tastes: Titan Hercules Yeti

Idle Hands is located at downstairs 25 Avenue B between 2nd and 3rd Streets in the Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan.

Thursday, August 16 - Pretty Things Meadowlark IPA Release @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

NEW BEER! 25 points if you can name the craft beer bar that popularized that one.  Well, we have a real new one for ya this time.  Pretty Things is releasing a new beer and style that is new two them.  Usually a brewer of Belgian and English styled brews, this one is inspired by a staple of most American craft brewers: the American IPA.  The Meadowlark IPA is heralded as being smooth, slightly bitter and layered with floral hops and it's coming at you for the first time ever this Thursday at Bierkraft.  Jim Barnes of Pretty Things will be there to lead you through the brew, share some other Pretty Things pours and of all things, spin some tunes.  There will also be bottles of Meadowlark to take home with you.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of July 29, 2012

Graham

Tuesday, July 31 - $10 Tuesday Tastings: Cellar Reserve Selections @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan: There are certain cellars New Yorkers would love to get into: Museum of Natural History (dinosaur bones!), the Comedy Cellar (surprise Louis C.K. standup) and Jimmy's No. 43.  We can only imagine what their collection of cellar reserve bottles looks like.  Well, we don't have to imagine anymore.  Tuesday night they'll be featuring special selections from their cellar for your tasting pleasure.  Expect greatness.

Tuesday Tastings are only $10 and Jimmy's suggests that you get there early.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 East 7th Street, downstairs, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

Tuesday, July 31 - Tuesday Night Tastings: Sour Beers @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Sour beers elude even the best of us beer drinkers in the world.  Hard to find and, for some, even more difficult to develop a taste for, sour beers can be exceptionally flavorful and refreshing.  Matt Barclay, Bierkraft's cellar manager, will lead you through the tastes and brewing techniques of these mysterious brews.  As always, Tuesday Night Tastings are free and get busy, so head there a bit early for a couple pints before the night begins.

Pucker up.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Wednesday, August 1 - $10 Beer, Bourbon and Rock: Empire Brewing Company @ Idle Hands Bar, Manhattan:

Have we mentioned how much we love Empire Brewing Company?  If we haven't then you should join the Beer Friends at Idle Hands Bar (one of our other loves) this Wednesday where you can see it in action.  This beer and bourbon installment will feature Empire brews that one cannot acquire here in NYC and bourbon from Four Roses distillery.  When the forces behind the Empire Brewing Company and Idle Hands come together, you get a night that you won't forget.  Actually, some memories may become hazy.

Idle Hands Bar is located at 25 Avenue B, downstairs, between 2nd and 3rd Streets in the Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan.

Thursday, August 2 - So Long Stinky @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

We mentioned earlier that Matt Barclay, the cellar manager for Bierkraft, would be teaching you something fancy about sour beers on Tuesday night.  It will be a special one too, as this is Matt's last week at Bierkraft.  Tuesday, you'll learn from him.  Thursday, you'll celebrate his tenure and wish him good luck for the future - by drinking all sorts of rare, interesting and unique brews that he'll be bringing up from the cellar.  The list is hush-hush at the moment, with some wondering if even he knows, but it surely will be a potpourri of deliciousness.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of September 4, 2011

Graham

This has been a busy summer for the Beer Friends.  We've been through an earthquake, two regional brewery tours (Southern California, Boston/Massachusetts), three of us relocated within the boroughs and finally, to top it all off, a hurricane-the first to hit New York in like 300 years (give or take a few decades).  And none of it could stop us.  This tumultuous summer has come to a close, we'll miss the sun and relaxation - but we're already gearing up for the fantastic craft beer season that autumn brings us.  Let's start off the fall correctly. Tuesday, September 6 - Tuesday Night Tastings: Farmhouse Ales @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

I know this week's intro was intriguing, invigorating and inspiring.  Now disregard it.  Just for tonight.  Farmhouse is not quite the style of brew you'd expect to start the fall with, but it's not exactly the worst style to spend an evening imbibing.  Bierkraft will turn it's craft-beery eyes towards the brews that characterize France and Belgian farms during springtime this evening and you should  expect some unique interpretations of the style as it has become a favorite of craft brewers in America for experimenting purposes.  You can find them spicy, herbal, grassy, Belgian-y, candyish and hoppy.  And you can find all types of farmhouse stylings tonight at Bierkraft.  Dr. Carl Burger will be on hand to walk you through the tasting and as always the whole shebang is free.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue, between Union and Berkeley Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, September 8 - Smuttynose Promo to Benefit Sanctuary @ The Half Pint, Manhattan:

Drinking for a good cause is a good idea.  Drinking great beer for a good cause is a great idea.  Smuttynose and The Half Pint are throwing a charity bash to benefit the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.  Smuttynose will be bringing the Farmhouse Saison, Pumpkin, Robust Porter and Star Island Single and The Half Pint will be generously donating 25% of the nights tab to Sanctuary.  They'll also be serving smashingly good food from Blossom du Jour - from which 100% of the proceeds will be donated.  Another way in which drinking great beer helps us feel awesome.

The Half Pint is located at 76 West 3rd Street, on the corner of Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan.

Thursday, September 8 - The Bronx Brewery Pale Ale (Re)Release @ The Bronx Ale House, The Bronx:

Reflection is a good thing.  Awhile ago (you can find it all the way back when) the Bronx Brewery released their first brew, the Bronx Pale Ale at the Bronx Ale House.  Apparently they've spent the past 6 months refining their recipe and are releasing it yet again.  This time only tastier.  A deep amber pale ale brewed with 5 malts , dry hopped with Cascade and Centennial hops and left unpasteurized for a filling body.  Head over to the Bronx Ale House, in Riverdale, this Thursday to sample this recreation.

The Bronx Ale House is located at 216 West 238th Street, Riverdale, The Bronx.

Saturday, September 10 - I Love New York Beer Weekend @ Mug's Ale House, Brooklyn:

It's no secret that the Beer Friends love New York.  That's why this event is one of our yearly favorites.  Mug's will be pouring 24 lines of brew straight from New York's finest breweries.  We're talking Empire, Ommegang, Captain Lawrence, Kelso, Sixpoint, Brooklyn, Ithaca, Keegan...the list goes on and on and never gets old.  It starts Saturday and goes on all weekend, but the good stuff will run out fast so get there early.

Mug's Ale House is located at 125 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Saturday, September 10 - GRAB Specialty Foods Saturday Tastings - Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

The friendly staff over at GRAB Specialty Foods are bringing another great brewery into their store this Saturday for your tasting pleasure - Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project!  Pretty Things, a self-proclaimed gypsy, small batch, artisinal brewery, with no real home but a real knack for brewery delicious beer, will be bringing some of their finest to GRAB Specialty Foods.  You can expect their flagship - Jack D'or - but look for some other rare and delicious offerings including Baby Tree and St. Boltoph's.  Because they only brew when the funds and spaces are available to do so they have a limited selection, but it also means that there is a tremendous amount of care that goes into each one of their quality batches.  As always, the knowledgeable staff at GRAB will walk you through any brew questions that pop into your head.

GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 14, 2011

Graham

It happened today - you looked at your calendar and started to get depressed.  We've all noticed that as of today it is the mid-point of August.  Summer is almost over - and that is a depressing thought.  We're already starting to feel it slipping away.  It's been an especially hard summer for Manhattanites - street temperatures in the heart of the city hitting well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, air-conditioners keeping everyone inside cool but pumping out waves of hot air for the rest of us, concrete hot enough to cook an entire turkey and that beautiful skyline blocking any sort of breeze from giving any respite.  So this week the Beer Friends are giving Manhattan a break. That's right - this week every NYC Craft Beer Event is happening outside the center of New York City.  From Brooklyn, to Jersey, to Westchester (first ever I believe!) we've got beer events for everyone else in the Tri-State, multi-boroughed area.  Check em' out!  And watch out for the Manhattan yuppies!

Monday, August 15 - Brooklyn Brewery "Ghost" Night @ The Diamond, Brooklyn:

Talk about black ops - this event might not even exist.  It's the kind of thing that gets blacked out in government documents.  That shady characters with dozens of names and passports engage in only to disappear into the fold.  Some people may or may not have found some brew that may or may not exist and it may or may not be served TONIGHT at a bar that may or may not be real.   Actually, it's all very real - there are four bottles of incredibly rare and specialized brews that sound, to be honest, made up.  Which makes them all the more desirable.  Here's what we're looking at:

Crochet Rouge Rose - Local 1 aged on chardonnay and pinot noir lees. Crochet Rouge Riesling -  Local 1 aged on reisling lees. Barrel Aged Cuvee Noire - Self - explanatory Black Ops Late Bottle Vintage 2007 - Self-explanatorily AWESOME!

There will also be drafts of Blast, Sorachi Ace AND the debut of an all new Brooklyn brew called "Radius."  As if that wasn't enough awesome in your Monday night they'll be pouring the Brooklyn Brown through  the cask engine.

Just remember, keep this under wraps - you definitely didn't here about this from us.  Actually, you totally did and should tell all your friends you heard it from us too.

The Diamond is located at 43 Franklin Street at the corner of Calyer Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, August 16 - Tuesday Night Tastings with Sierra Nevada @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Brooklyn's beer selling masters at Bierkraft will be featuring Sierra Nevada brews and the sales-rep Brian Dwyer as the next installment of their Tuesday Night Tastings series.  The Tuesday Night Tastings events are a great way to get to know a brewery's style and in this case, to help you remember why you love a brewery that you're familiar with already.  We all know how Sierra Nevada rolls and we all love it.  If you haven't had a sampling of Sierra recently then hit up Bierkraft for tastes and pints of Torpedo IPA, Pale Ale, Tumbler, Life and Limb and Ovila Saison.  You get some old, some new and some a rare one to tide over your secret or not-so-secret Sierra Nevada lovefest.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue, between Union and Berkeley Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, August 16 - Sam Adam's Beer Lovers Choice @ The Cloverleaf Tavern, New Jersey:

Who says Jersey doesn't get a say?  We certainly don't.  In fact at the moment they're one of the only advertised places that do get a say - in this years Sam Adam's Beer Lovers Choice that is.  Every year Sam Adam's asks you, the customer, to choose between several at first and then narrowed down to just a couple of brews for the newest member of the Sam Adam's family.  This year the choice is between an Oaked Ale or a Maple Pecan Porter.  The people are divided and the lines have been drawn.  Head out to the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ this Tuesday for a chance to voice your concern - an have a few pints of each!

The Cloverleaf Tavern is located at 395 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, NJ - Driving Directions Found Here

Wednesday, August 17 - Meet the Brewer: Evil Twin @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Networking is huge.  And unless you're a brewer the only reason you'd come to this event has nothing to do with networking.  You'd most likely show up, having heard of this Danish brewer and his legendary status, expecting the best.  Then you'd taste the beer.  After it blew away your highest of expectations you'd insist that you meet him, only of course to be reminded that he's from Scandinavia and not in town.  Except he is.  And he's at the same bar you are.  Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Evil Twin brewing (of which he IS Evil Twin brewing) from Denmark will be bring a range of his brews - Ryan & the Beaster Bunny, Wet Dream, Katz Pis, Before, During and After Christmas Beer and Biscotti Break - as well as his famously vast knowledge of beer brewing.  At this point you will inevitably decide that even though you work as a hedge fund manager/teacher/lawyer/doctor/sanitation worker/subway train driver/mayor/president of the USA/David Beckham/Madonna that networking with this man is imperative for success in your life.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 15th and 16th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Friday, August 19 - Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Night @ The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House, White Plains:

It was a dark, late night in June (or maybe July or August).  The Pony Bar was mostly empty, not a soul to be seen (realistically there were probably around 8 - 10 people to be seen).  That's where my love affair started.  A taster of a strong elixir  was poured and handed to me with the explanation - "We can't serve it in anything bigger."  I was immediately intrigued.  What could be so dastardly, so impressive, so BIG that it could only be served in a 6 oz. tasting glass?  I brought it up to my lips, took the first sip and fast forward over two years later and I will search draft pours of brew out at every opportunity.  The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House, White Plains' brightest craft beer bar will be tapping a keg of 120 Minute IPA this Friday at 8 pm.

We anticipate that you will be out of luck acquiring a pint around 8:15.  So get there early.

The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House is located at 154 Mamaroneck Avenue between East Post Road and Maple Avenue, a short walk from the White Plains Metro North stop, in White Plains, New York. (Or you can drive in)

Saturday, August 20 - Ballast Point Tastings @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

After this Beer Friend's recent trip to Ballast Point Brewery there was no way I was going to leave this one out!  Head on over to GRAB Specialty Foods for a sampling selection of one of San Diego's hoppiest breweries.  The full line up of brews has not been released but we can only anticipate Sculpin, Big Eye and other hop-monsters to be pouring this Saturday.  Make sure to pick up a growler of SoCal to take home with you for this weekend's summer barbecue or lazy day at the park!

GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

There you have it all you Beer Friends out there!  Enjoy adventuring to far off places - like Brooklyn - and locations you only dreamed existed - like White Plains - in search of your favorite, rare and always delicious craft brew.  We'll see ya at the taps!